Tonio Liuzzi to miss Indian Grand Prix

Tonio Liuzzi will sit out the Indian Grand Prix

Tonio Liuzzi will sit out the Indian Grand Prix

HRT F1 driver Vitantonio Liuzzi will miss the inaugural Indian Grand Prix at New Delhi’s Buddh International Circuit.

The Italian, who competed in the V8 Supercars’ Armor All Gold Coast 600 with Wilson Security Racing this weekend, has been replaced by local Indian driver Narain Karthikeyan.

Karthikeyan was the first Indian to compete in an F1 race. After debuting at the Australian Grand Prix in 2005, he has made 26 starts, scoring five points.

He made his last F1 start in a one-off drive for HRT F1 at the European Grand Prix at Valencia.

Karthikeyan has also compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this year.

Speaking at the Armor All Gold Coast 600, Liuzzi says he is happy to move over for the home town hero to take his seat.

“I had a phone call yesterday from the team, asking me to move out for the Indian GP because they had a discussion with the Narain Karthikeyan,” Liuzzi told Speedcafe.com on the Gold Coast.

“For me it wasn’t that big an issue because we’re not fighting for points or the championship at this stage, especially in this race.

“And that’s why for me, I just try to do the best for the team. They asked me this and I’m happy to not race – the most important thing for us is to finish this season well and build towards next season.”

The 2011 Formula 1 Airtel Grand Prix of India kicks off this Friday with two practice sessions.

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